My Favorite Westerns

A Celebration of Western Movies … Pardner!

Whiskey in the Jar / Krisenka Finley A nice country interpretation. These are the last of guns I’m going to profile from The Legend of Ben Hall. There are others, but this particular firearm called the Tranter Revolving Rifle This seems to be a very rare gun. In fact, it was hard to find any …

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Whiskey in the Jar / The Seekers The legendary Aussie Folk Group does the Honors. Cap and Ball Revolvers Ben (Jack Martin) with his .38 calibre Tranter revolver and a .36 calibre Colt Navy. Don’t know how Ben acquired this. It likely wasn’t borrowed. Let’s make some Bullets Ingredients: Lead; bullet moulds; fire. Method: Melt the lead. Pour …

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Whisky in the Jar / The Brothers Four Many versions of the great folk song. This one is good. Guns Westerns have guns. Lotsa guns. In fact, along with horses, it’s questionable whether it’s really a Western if it doesn’t have guns in it. Or even worth watching. Yet I don’t often profile Guns in the …

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Stunning Soundtrack by Ronnie Minder. Haunting and powerful. There’s lots of posters for The Legend of Ben Hall. But I discovered that some are made by fans. If so, they’re damn good. I’m certain there’s no intention at deception. They just liked the movie. I’ve created more than a few images myself for other Westerns that …

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The irony of Ben Hall is that he seems to have been a decent chap. Not a thug. Through misfortune he became a Bushranger. Jack Martin was perfectly cast for the role of Ben Hall. Next: The Legend of Ben Hall / Part 3

I’ve been trying to get hold of this movie for months. Back in May I did a post called “6 New Westerns” and did a small preview of each. The Legend of Ben Hall was not new however – it had come out in 2016, but I hadn’t heard of it before. My gut feeling was …

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Quigley Down Under and the Sharps 1874 Model Rifle “The Quigley® rifle itself was a custom conversion from a cavalry model breech loader and it retained the patch box and saddle ring from that incarnation. The older 1863 rifles shot non-metallic paper cartridges, loaded from the breech. The falling block served to slice off the …

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 – Quigley Down Under Soundtrack – Main theme: Basil Poledouris “God created all men. Sam Colt made them equal.” – Matthew Quigley (Tom Selleck) Selleck with co-Star Laura San Giacomo Cora: You know, if we’re lost, you can tell me. Quigley: We’re lost. Cora: I can take bad news. Just tell me straight. Quigley: I don’t …

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I stumble out of the bush … flinging down the worthy ghost of Ned Kelly … (I never thought he would be so heavy … maybe it’s that armour?) I’m heading for desert and high country … the lands of crocodiles, the Aborigine, Snowy River, and the Outback … 3 Dusters await: Quigley, Down Under (1990), The Man from …

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“Beaten, branded, brutalized, but never broken.” “Ferociously violent – unexpectedly kind. Ruthless bandit or rebel hero? An outlaw’s outlaw with a score to settle. The true story of the legendary Mad Dog Morgan… a jolting chapter in history.” You know all those stories about Dennis Hopper ? They’re all true. A true Hollywood madman and renegade  – and proof …

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“I’ve never shot a man, but if I do, so help me God, you’ll be the first!” – Ned Kelly (Heath Ledger) Poor Ned by Redgum This will be the last of the Kelly movies that I’m covering. It was generally well received and reviewed. It’s main interest for us is the notable cast of Heath …

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Looking waaay down the Casting credits for Ned Kelly (1970), I noticed a name that seems almost buried down there. Possibly hiding. “FRANK THRING – as Judge Sir Redmond Barry” ????????????????? Frank Thring … A Man Who Could Deliver a Line When you see some pics of Frank Thring, you’ll recognize him right away as he was a famous Heavy in …

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Wild Horses / Stones ________________________________________________________ I feel it’s safe to say that at this point, that no definitive film depiction of Ned Kelly has yet been made. It would take a protracted mini-series to tell his whole story properly – as it spans many years and many events. There have been some good documentaries, but … The …

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I’m going to move through the Kelly movies movie right up to 1960: The Kelly Gang (1920) When The Kellys Were Out (1923)  When The Kellys Rode (1934)  The Glenrowan Affair (1951) Stringybark Massacre (1960) The Kelly Gang (1920) One Image (above) From Iron Outlaw http://www.ironoutlaw.com/html/movies.html Director: Harry Southwell Cast: Godfrey Cass … as Ned Kelly “Welsh-born filmmaker …

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“A thrilling moving picture from start to finish The Most Sensational, The Most Thrilling and Interesting LIVING PICTURES EVER TAKEN.” ned kelly song … waylon jennings Wikipedia: The Story of the Kelly Gang is a 1906 Australian film that traces the life of the legendary infamous outlaw and bushranger Ned Kelly (1855–1880). It was written and directed by Charles Tait. The film ran for …

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The Vanishing Frontier ?? waltzing matilda … Although there’s still good chunks of unspoiled country out there, I think it’s generally felt that the American Western Frontier is gone. That’s only partially correct. If you check any map, you will see that huge areas of Montana, Oregon, Washington and the Central US States (the Mid West) still have plenty of wild …

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“People just ne’er git tired of us …” _________________________________________________________ Kaboooom ! Aussie Style !

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